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  1. traditional added a post in a topic Streetcar kits ?   

    These CLRV light rail cars replaced Toronto's aging PCC cars in the early '80s and have been used up until the present. They are just now being gradually replaced with more modern Bombardier equipment.
    This resin model was done years ago by ( I believe) St Petersburg Tram in O scale (1/48).  I mounted it down on a home-made simulated track base in a display case, so I can't look underneath to confirm the manufacturer.
    It was certainly a nicely done finished model, though.....made in limited quantities.
      


  2. traditional added a post in a topic Streetcar kits ?   

    These CLRV light rail cars replaced Toronto's aging PCC cars in the early '80s and have been used up until the present. They are just now being gradually replaced with more modern Bombardier equipment.
    This resin model was done years ago by ( I believe) St Petersburg Tram in O scale (1/48).  I mounted it down on a home-made simulated track base in a display case, so I can't look underneath to confirm the manufacturer.
    It was certainly a nicely done finished model, though.....made in limited quantities.
      


  3. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    An amazingly well done Land Rover Defender by ‘Almost Real’
    This 1/18 model is one of the best quality diecast models I’ve seen in both fidelity of detail as well as fit and finish.  It is a promotional model of the now discontinued Land Rover Defender 110 and there may be some affiliation by ALMOST REAL with Minichamps and Kyosho because the parent company (Sums Model Toys Company Ltd) shows some connections to their web sites.
     
    All the appendages open on appropriate hinges and nothing has been done in a half-baked fashion. There are even four fold away steps under the doors.  My brother (Larry) bought this one from China and as soon as it arrived, we figured it deserved a good photo essay.
    If anyone is considering purchasing one, be aware that there is also simplified edition that uses dogleg doors and omits some of the detail. it's less expensive, but also less detailed.
    To add further confusion there's also a shorter wheelbase Land Rover Defender (90) to choose from.
     









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  4. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    Sorry, double post
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  5. traditional added a post in a topic 1/18 1961 Corvair 700 sedan by Premium X   

    I'll keep trying, but right now the pics don't want to appear in the post
  6. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    1/18 1961 Corvair 700 sedan by Premium X
    Another 1/18 model done in resin that we’d probably never see in diecast. Like most resin models, what we lose in operating features is made up for with incredibly nice fit and finish.
     
    Most of the trim is nicely done in fine bright sheet-metal (doesn’t seem to be photo-etch) and the nameplates are handled in printed foil.
     
    My only upset was the tires done in narrow white walls which typically only came on mainstream cars beginning in 1962.  I believe that the more upscale, sporty ’61 Corvair Monza coupe was available with narrow whitewalls though.
     
    As usual, since I can’t leave well enough alone, I immediately modified my model to have the wide white-walls as well as the optional trim-rings which I’ve always thought were the early Corvair’s most attractive wheel/tire choice. 
     
     
     

    The original Premium X model with the narrow white-walls. The color shows a bit too blue while my pics below show a touch too green.
    The actual color is a turquoise
     




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  7. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    1/18 1961 Corvair 700 sedan by Premium X
    Another 1/18 model done in resin that we’d probably never see in diecast. Like most resin models, what we lose in operating features is made up for with incredibly nice fit and finish.

    Most of the trim is nicely done in fine bright sheet-metal (doesn’t seem to be photo-etch) and the nameplates are handled in printed foil.

    My only upset was the tires done in narrow white walls which typically only came on mainstream cars beginning in 1962.  I believe that the more upscale, sporty ’61 Corvair Monza coupe was available with narrow whitewalls though.

    As usual, since I can’t leave well enough alone, I immediately modified my model to have the wide white-walls as well as the optional trim-rings which I’ve always thought were the early Corvair’s most attractive wheel/tire choice. 

     
     




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  8. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    Old diecast motors from GMP/Acme, Action, and Gescha
    I've had these motors for quite a few years but, to the best of my memory, I hadn't photographed them. 
    The pics don't download necessarily in the chronological order described (they just choose their own order), but most will be obvious.
    The 1/6 scale Offy motors (both the injected as well as the turbo) are from GMP, as are the Ford Flatheads (stock, hot rodded, and Arden equipped), as well as the injected Hemi.
    The 1/6 FI equipped stock small block Chevies are from (A) Monogram (a kit), and (B) Franklin Mint cut-away version.
    The 1/4 scale cut-away NASCAR Richard Childress Racing Chevy motor is from Action.
    The 1/6 (or so) 4 cylinder German Ford side-valve clear plastic and metal is from a German vintage Gescha kit and has flashing spark-plugs when the crankshaft is turned with a hand-crank.













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  9. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    BOS Models' 1/18 "52 Dodge Coronet and Jaguar Mk8
    I've just received both these 1/18 resin models and thanks to my inability to leave well enough alone, I foiled some of the Dodge's trim (originally silver painted from BOS) and added antennae to both models. The drilled antenna base is there on each model and only needs the epoxied addition of a shortened straight pin to complete the picture.
    The BOS Jaguar likely takes advantage of the molds from the NEO Jaguar from a few years ago but it uses printed window trim in lieu of Photo-etched trim. The BOS printed version looks just as good, and the price is about half that of the old NEO.
    The best prices for BOS Models (these were both US$ 119.95) in the US are always from American Excellence (Owned by the manufacturer) and from Model Car World for customers in Europe and Canada. 
     







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  10. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    '60 Ford Starliner and '59 Ranch Wagon (with subtle improvements)
    I've just received this resin 1/43 '60 Ford by Motorhead , knowing full well that I'd want to add the more typical wide whites as well as correcting the A pillar (front windshield post) to be plated. I widened the axles to bring the wheels out a bit and I also re foiled the fine trim lines on the outer roof areas since they were a bit sloppy from the manufacturer. The models seem to be on sale everywhere for considerably less than originally priced, and I suspect they would have been a lot more successful had they done these things originally.
    The only modifications that I chose to do to the resin 1/43 Motorhead '59 Ranch Wagon that I received at the same time were widening the rear wheel stance a bit and painting out the Galaxie rear fender trim that, for some reason, Motorhead added to the more basic wagon. Although you can find the odd restored Ranch Wagon with this added Galaxie fender trim in a google search, I don't believe that this was ever factory available in the day. I really should do some additional body-work and get rid of the raised line sweeping back from the fender and, one of these days, I'll probably get around to that, but for now, just painting out the massive chrome piece is satisfying enough.









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  11. traditional added a post in a topic Larry's '51 Jaguar XK120 coupe....In his own words   

    A few construction pics

    The storage and battery compartment (scratchbuilt in styrene)
     
     


    Doors and gas filler door fabricated in brass

    Brass vent in open position

    Tight-swing door hinges


    Hand-made interior parts finished and painted
    Battery and storage bin in closed position

    Battery and storage hinged open



  12. traditional added a post in a topic Larry's '51 Jaguar XK120 coupe....In his own words   

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  13. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    Larry's '51 Jaguar XK120 coupe....In his own words
     
    1/24 1951 Jaguar XK120 FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) in factory Suede Green

     
    Since no model manufacturer makes a high detail COUPE version of a Jaguar XK120, this kind of project was 'right down my alley'. The starting material for this model was a damaged Franklin Mint roadster...broken windshield and missing its fabric top, thus a perfect candidate for my coupe conversion. I used the roof from a too tall and narrow Burago coupe toy. After cutting out the roadster passenger opening somewhat, the severed roof was carefully bent into a wider configuration and, with judicious rotary tool grinding, was installed from the underneath until the appropriate height was achieved. It is attached with both epoxy and tiny sheet metal screws at the rear deck and 'A' pillar positions. The side vents, fuel lid, doors, hinges, and window frame details are formed in soldered brass while all the interior panels, dash, batteries, etc. are fabricated in styrene. The windshield frame, door cranks, and handles are done in plated brass wire. The coupe-unique air filter intake system is done in both styrene and brass. The exhaust pipe is done in aluminum tubing. The model also required some modifications to the chassis, floor, trunk, etc. to appear factory accurate.  Paint is automotive base coat/clear coat depicting correct factory Suede Green exterior and interior while smaller details are done in Testors, Tamiya, and Dupli-Color.

     

      Besides the obvious addition of a permanent roof and headliner, the FHC (coupe) differs from the roadster in the following ways:

     -different door edge shapes

     -a different shaped dash board in wood

     -different interior door panels

     -an interior rear package tray that folds open exposing a storage bin...which itself folds forward     to expose two 6 volt batteries

     -a different air intake filter arrangement with a large diameter inner fender-well duct carrying air from a 'front of radiator' mounted round filter assembly to two separate smaller flexible ducts passing through the inner fender-well to the twin SU carburetors

     

    Interestingly, sun visors were NOT present on any production XK120 Jaguars.

    It is estimated that 90% of XK120s left the Coventry factory with steel wheels.

    ALL steel wheeled XK120s had rear wheel 'spats' (skirts).

    Factory production colors, surprisingly, did NOT include Red or British Racing Green...but did include Black, Gunmetal (metallic silver), four different greys, Ivory, Pale Green Metallic, Bronze, and Suede Green.

    It is believed that NO XK120s left Coventry with white wall tires though perhaps some were retrofitted by US authorized dealers.






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  14. traditional added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    KrAZ 256B 12 Ton Dump Truck

     
    I've just finished this 1/35 model of a 12 ton Russian (Ukrainian) dump truck using a Roden military KrAZ model for the correct cab, rear axles, basic engine, etc., as well as a dump truck trans-kit from Custom Factory in Russia. Although the military model is very well detailed, the CF trans-kit is a bit simplified and somewhat rough by today's standards.....lots of air gaps and 'short-shot' parts, the most serious being the wheel centers incomplete. I suspect that the relatively rough trans-kit is generally used to model rusted and well deteriorated diorama style trucks.. I wanted my model to depict an 'as delivered' look, so there was plenty of work required to finish and detail the resin trans-kit parts. Although the military model's cab doors and hood are separate parts, they're unhinged and expected to be glued in one position, so I've added tiny hinges to make the doors and engine-hood openable/closeable. The fuel tank was fabricated from brass tubing, the mirror brackets and grab handles were made from fine wire, and the hydraulic rams were drilled and made operable using polished aluminum tubing and tiny pivot pins for the articulated parts. I fabricated pose-able steering for the front axle and I've also added lines to the air tanks and hydraulic hoses to the dump-rams. Paint is Krylon 'Dual for the cab, satin black for the frame, and primer for the dump body. All the firewall detail is fabricated using styrene, fine wire, and aluminum tubing. The tail lights are made from aluminum sheet and tubing.
    I've always thought the Kraz 256 trucks were really attractive and proportionate and I actually saw them in action during a Cuban vacation over 20 years ago (Cuba has been a popular winter vacation spot for Canadians and Europeans for decades).
     
     
     
     
     

     

     






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